We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.
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"Vakra" means 'twisted' in Sanskrit. In this pose the practitioner's trunk gets twisted to the left and right sides.
- Vakrasana alleviates backaches;
- Spine gets extended and attains elasticity;
- Flab on the lateral side of the abdomen gets reduced;
- Is very beneficial for the nervous system;
- Vital abdominal organs like the liver, spleen and intestine get toned.
: Sit erect on the floor with legs stretched in front. Keep your hands on either side with palms touching the ground. Fold your left leg at the knee and place it near the right thigh vertically. The sole should be lying flat on the ground. Your left thigh should be touching the chest. Place your left palm on the floor near the right palm. The fingers of both hands should be facing each other. Taking support of the palms, turn the upper part of your body towards the right. Try to look over your shoulder. Continue breathing normally. Stay in this posture until you feel the strain in your back. Return to original position by turning your neck and trunk and then lifting your left hand. Open out your left leg. Repeat the same steps as above changing sides and limbs.
Prunes come under the plum species, Prunus domestica . Prunes are renowned for their sweet chewy flavour and high nutritional content. These fruits are actually dried plums which can be stored and preserved for long periods of time. They are not only good for the bones but help in keeping the heart healthy. Being rich in pectin and fibre, prunes help in lowering cholesterol levels. Potassium, found abundantly in prunes helps in regulating blood pressure. Prune fruit is known to provide several health benefits especially through its juice. The juice is made by softening and passing prunes fruit through steam and crushing them in a pulper. Prune juice is rich in dihydrophenylisatin, a natural laxative which helps in inducing bowel movement. In some regions juice extracted out of sour prunes is a popular summer drink as it is believed to have a positive effect on acidic levels in the body.
Recipe of the Month
- 1/3 lb. prunes
- Whites of 5 eggs
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
Method: Pick over and wash prunes, then soak for several hours in cold water; cook in same water until soft; remove stones and rub prunes through a strainer, add sugar, and cook for five minutes; the mixture should be of the consistency of marmalade. Beat whites of eggs until stiff, add prune mixture gradually when cold, and lemon juice. Pile lightly on buttered pudding-dish, bake for twenty minutes in slow oven. Serve cold with custard.
: Cut down your sugar intake. Use sugar as flavouring rather than as a food.
Alibaug is an idyllic town on the western coast of India, known as the Konkan region. It lies on almost the same latitude as the southern tip of Mumbai and is very close to this tip across the narrow strip of the Arabian Sea. Alibaug has become a very attractive tourist halt due to its beautiful gardens planted with Coconut, Areca trees. Shri Varadvinayak - Mahad, the Ganpati Temple is on the way to Alibaug from Pune, at Mahad, 20 kms. from Khandala, and is known as Shri Varad Vinayak , the bestower of blessings. One can easily fit a visit to the temple on the way to Alibaug. The Lamp (Nandadeep) in the temple has been continuously glowing for past 100 years. Kulaba Fort is still in good condition and one can go to visit the fort by walking across the seashore at low tide. The fort has sweet water wells and some buildings inside its premises. Akshi is a beautiful white sand beach with suru trees dotting the coast. The water is clean and safe for swimming. You can see the Kulaba Fort and Alibaug at a distance from the beach. The beach further extends to Nagaon. The Nagaon Beach is also very beautiful. Both the beaches are a favourite of the tourists. You can also visit the nearby 'Satad Bunder', a small fishing hamlet. Kashid Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Konkan coast with pristine white sands and stretches for 3 kms. There are quiet a few good Resorts along the Beach . Rewas is an important port near Mandwa located at 23 kms. from Alibaug. There is a considerable traffic of passengers, with Launches and Catamarans coming here from Mumbai and ferries coming from Uran. Kihim is a very beautiful place to stay, it has a long beach which is excellent and clean. Chaul, on the way to Revdanda, is an ancient city which was the capital of the Shilahar kings. You can visit the Rameshwar and Datta Temples here. Revdanda is an important port. The Salav bridge at Revdanda which joins Murud and Alibaug gives a cool view of the surroundings; you can see a beautiful sight of Revdanda port, beach and The Vikram Ispat factory from the bridge. A walk to the adjoining beach will give you a breathtaking view of the Revdanda Fort. Korlai Fort can be seen from the bridge at Salav, located at three kms. from Revdanda, on the Revdanda - Kashid Road. There is a Lighthouse on the fort and a small climb from behind the lighthouse will take you to the fort. The fort is in ruins, but the view from the lighthouse is beautiful and the rocky beach at Korlai is also good. The sea forts of Khanderi and Underi are located three kms. in the sea near Thal. You can take a boat ride from Thal to visit the forts. Kanakeshwar Temple is very beautiful with stone carvings and a water fountain. The beautiful temple of Shree Vikram Vinayak also known as 'Birla Temple' is located at Salav, 20 kms. from Alibaug. The trip to Alibaug is incomplete without a visit to Murud Janjira, situated at a distance of 42 kms. Murud is more famous for its proximity to Janjira at Rajpuri - the majestic sea fort which remained unconquered till the end. Alibaug is indeed one place you should never miss visiting if you are looking to have a relaxing and refreshing break.